What you enjoy and what you find challenging. A couple more ideas to try out!
If you read last week’s teacher development post, you’ll know that we looked at the results of the World teacher survey, considering what you enjoy most about your job and what you find challenging, and we suggested a couple of activities you might like to try.
What you enjoy
One of the key messages we got from you – the 10,558 teachers who took the survey from 166 countries – was the extent to which you were really driven and passionate about what you do. Many of you placed a huge value on motivating and inspiring your students to help them realise their potential.
“I love providing something new to the students, inspiring them and helping overcome their problems.”
“I love inspiring students to achieve their goals and realise their potential – there’s no better feeling”
We believe one way of inspiring and helping learners flourish is through developing their creative thinking. Getting learners to engage in creative activities, to create new content from their own ideas or other resources, and using content to solve problems and make decisions, are ways in which we can develop creativity in students.
Given that 45% of you said you like trying things for the first time, and 44% said you enjoy finding resources to use in class, we’d like to suggest you try an idea from Alan Maley’s 50 Creative Activities, which you might not have tried, and which will help to foster creative thinking.
What you find challenging
You identified a number of challenging aspects in your jobs, though despite the challenges, 81% of you said you are likely to still be in the profession in five years’ time, testament to your commitment and professionalism.
41% of you said that managing mixed ability classes was one of the most challenging aspects of your job, and last week we shared some tips for you to try out from the award-winning Classroom Management Techniques by Jim Scrivener.
41% of you also identified dealing with bad behaviour as another of the most challenging aspects of your job.
In Classroom Management Techniques, Jim Scrivener looks at behaviour from the point of view of encouraging good behaviour rather than punishing bad behaviour, arguing that we are much more likely to create the conditions for good behaviour through delivering engaging lessons. He suggests a number of techniques which do this, and then asks us to reflect if this approach is a viable one.
If you missed last weeks’ We asked – you told us! Part 1 post, or would like to revisit it, you can find the ideas here.